Reyner Banham Revisited (2)

A footnote to my post on Richard Williams’s book on Reyner Banham, Reyner Banham Revisited.   It made me realise how important Banham had been to the establishment of design history by extending his gaze far beyond buildings to the analysis of car design, food, social issues in design, and the broader urban environment;  and that he was doing this in his journalism already in the 1960s.   In retrospect, it’s obvious because he supervised Penny Sparke’s PhD and she edited a volume of his essays, Design by Choice in 1981;  he helped Tim Benton with his Open University Course on The History of Architecture and Design 1890-1939;  and he must have taught Adrian Forty, who took on his role at the Bartlett. But I’m not sure I realised it at the time.

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